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Women Veterans at Much Higher Risk of Suicide Than Women Civilians, Report Says

We talked to an expert in veteran affairs about the unique challenges that women veterans face.

Women veterans are at 2.5 times the risk of committing suicide than civilian women, according to a report released quietly Friday evening by the the Department of Veteran Affairs.

The report—which paints a horrifying picture of suicide rates among former military service members by breaking down the data by state, age group, and gender, plus the most common suicide methods—is “unprecedented in its comprehensive analysis of suicide rates among all U.S. Veterans,” the authors note.

After examining more than 55 million veteran records from 1970 to 2014, spanning all 50 states and four territories, researchers found that an average of 20 veterans died each day in 2014; Montana, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico had the highest rates; 67 percent of all veteran suicide deaths were the result of firearm injuries; and the demographic of female veterans that had the greatest rates of suicide were those ages 18–29.

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